Bhaktivinod Thakur has written this song “Ruper Gaurava Keno Bhai”. The Official Name for this song is Upadesa: Song 11. This song is taken from the book Kalyana Kalpataru. Bhaktivinoda Thakura says this body is temporary.There is no significance of just decorating your body with heavy jewels, expensive clothes. Once the soul leaves the body it will lie dead and useless which will be of no use to your relatives as well. As time passes they will come over the grief of loosing you. Then who is your true well wisher and who is lord Krishna? Sri Krishna is our only well wisher and hence we need to maintain our relationship with only Him. So keep on chanting the Hare Krishna Mantra to attain Him.
ruper gaurava keno bhai
anitya e kalebar, kabhu nahe sthiratar,
samana aile kichu nai
e anga sitala ho'be, ankhi spanda-hina ro'be,
citar agune ho'be chai
je saundarya hero, darpanete nirantar,
sva-sibar hoibe bhojana
je bastre adara koro', jeba abarana para',
kotha saba rohibe takhan?
dara suta bandhu sabe, smasane tomare lo'be,
dagdha kori' grhete asibe
tumi ka'r, ke tomar, ebe bujhi 'dekho sar,
deho-nasa abasya ghatibe
su-nitya-sambala cao, hari-guna sada gao,
harinama japaha sadai
ku-tarka chariya mana, koro' krsna aradhana,
binoder asroy tahai
(1) Oh mind, my dear friend, why is your bodily beauty such an object of your proud vanity? This body is temporary, and there is no certainty whatsoever of permanence. After Yamarajahas paid his visit and taken your soul away, this body will then become cold. The eyes will remain motionless, and in the fiery funeral pyre it will simply turn into ashes.
(2) Mind, you repeatedly behold the lovely handsomeness of this face, which is your favorite object of constant vanity. It will simply become delicious food for dogs and jackals. At that time, where will you keep all the decorative ornaments and valuable clothes which you appreciate with such high esteem?
(3) Your beloved wife, sons and friends will take you to the crematorium, and after burning you they will simply return back to their homes. You belong to whom? And whom belongs to you? Now just try to grasp the essential significance of all this. That is, the destruction of this temporary body will definitely come to pass.
(4) My dear mind, if you really want the eternal, auspicious way of life, then just sing aloud the glories of the Lord always and everywhere. Also, one should certainly chant Harinama japaat all times. Abandoning all useless arguments, dear mind, just worship Krsna, for such worship is certainly the only shelter of Bhaktivinoda.